CPS names 5 finalists for superintendent job

(CINCINNATI) -- Five finalists have been selected as the top candidates to become the next Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools.

In independent evaluations, both a community advisory group and the executive search firm hired by the Cincinnati Board of Education to assist in the search process today agreed upon the finalists, said Eve Bolton, Board President.

The finalists:

  • Tiffany Anderson - Superintendent of Montgomery County Schools, Christianburg, Virginia
  • Diana Bourisaw - Superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Kriner Cash - Chief of Accountability & Systemwide Performance, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Florida
  • Donnie Evans - Superintendent of Providence Public School District, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Earl Watkins - Superintendent of Jackson Public Schools, Jackson, Mississippi

Twenty-nine candidates applied for the Superintendent's position, seven from Ohio. Fifteen of the applicants currently are superintendents; five hold positions at the assistant, associate or deputy superintendent level, and 21 are working at the director or "other" level. Twenty-one of the applicants are male and eight female.

The next step in the process is to schedule interviews of the finalists by the Board, Bolton said.

"We are still on track to meet our time line of selecting a Superintendent by the end of June," Bolton said, with a goal of having the district's next leader on the job by August 1.

Current Superintendent Rosa Blackwell announced last fall that she would retire at the end of her contract, which concludes July 31.